South-Bound Bore To Be Closed For Weeks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State Transportation officials say the south-bound bore of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel is going to be closed Sunday night for several weeks.

A pavement repair project is expected to last until mid-August. In addition, the speed limit for all traffic in the north-bound tunnel will be lowered to 25 miles per hour.

No wide loads will be allowed to pass through the tunnel during the construction period. Officiala say a wide load is anything over ten feet wide.

In addition, there will be no hazardous material escorts because officials say the risk of an accident increases dramatically by having a vehicle stop in single-lane traffic.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Tired of boondoggle Location: Middlesboro on Jun 25, 2007 at 09:25 AM
    What in the world is wrong with the pavement? Its as smoothe as glass already! Do they have a huge maintenance budget to get rid of because they severely underestimated the durability of the present pavement? Why don't they use the money somewhere else that actually needs attention? Why in the world will it take 2 months? This is crazy and useless and it will cause huge traffic jams!


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